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Chris Burke takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Joey O'Brien. Boaz Myhill takes the indirect free kick.
Nathan Redmond concedes a free kick for a foul on Papa Bouba Diop. Direct free kick taken by Robert Green.
Centre by Daniel Potts, save by Boaz Myhill.
Daniel Potts sends in a cross.
Marlon King sends in a cross, save by Robert Green.
Effort on goal by Papa Bouba Diop from long range goes over the bar.
Freddie Sears replaces Julien Faubert.
Foul by Guirane N'Daw on Robert Green, free kick awarded. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Burke, save by Robert Green.
Chris Burke crosses the ball, Marlon King takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green.
Corner taken right-footed by Chris Burke from the right by-line, David Murphy finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Birmingham 1-1 West Ham.Assist on the goal came from Steven Caldwell.
The ball is delivered by Nikola Zigic, Julien Faubert manages to make a clearance.
Corner from right by-line taken by Chris Burke.
John Carew takes a shot. Save by Boaz Myhill.
Booking for George McCartney. Mark Noble goes into the referee's book.
Foul by Keith Fahey on Kevin Nolan, free kick awarded. George McCartney takes the free kick.
The official flags John Carew offside. Steven Caldwell takes the indirect free kick.
Kevin Nolan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Burke. David Murphy delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.
(West Ham) makes a substitution, with John Carew coming on for Carlton Cole.
Shot from 25 yards by Guirane N'Daw. Save by Robert Green.
Foul by Nathan Redmond on Julien Faubert, free kick awarded. Robert Green takes the direct free kick.
David Murphy fouled by Julien Faubert, the ref awards a free kick. Julien Faubert booked. Jean Beausejour goes off and Nathan Redmond comes on. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Spector on Henri Lansbury. Mark Noble crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.
Jean Beausejour concedes a free kick for a foul on Joey O'Brien. Direct free kick taken by Robert Green.
David Murphy crosses the ball, Nikola Zigic has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
Corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble from the right by-line, Carlton Cole has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
Henri Lansbury takes a shot. Save made by Boaz Myhill.
Nikola Zigic concedes a free kick for a foul on Robert Green. Robert Green takes the direct free kick.
Chris Burke takes the outswinging corner, Steven Caldwell takes a shot. Clearance by Carlton Cole.
Kevin Nolan concedes a free kick for a foul on Nikola Zigic. The referee books Kevin Nolan for unsporting behaviour. Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.
Nikola Zigic challenges Papa Bouba Diop unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by James Tomkins.
Henri Lansbury joins the action as a substitute, replacing Frederic Piquionne.
Corner taken by Chris Burke from the right by-line, Pablo Ibanez has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
Corner taken by Chris Burke from the left by-line, Marlon King takes a shot. Blocked by Kevin Nolan.
Daniel Potts delivers the ball.
(Birmingham) makes a substitution, with Nikola Zigic coming on for Chris Wood.
Long range effort on goal by Keith Fahey goes wide left of the target.
Keith Fahey produces a drilled left-footed shot from 20 yards. Blocked by Papa Bouba Diop.
Carlton Cole fouled by Steven Caldwell, the ref awards a free kick. Carlton Cole takes the direct free kick.
Effort from outside the box by Chris Burke goes wide right of the target.
The ball is crossed by Daniel Potts, save made by Boaz Myhill.
Mark Noble takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Guirane N'Daw. Corner taken by Mark Noble from the left by-line, Header from close range by James Tomkins clears the bar.
Carlton Cole takes a shot. Boaz Myhill makes a fantastic save.
Inswinging corner taken by Chris Burke from the left by-line, save made by Robert Green.
Julien Faubert challenges David Murphy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.
Julien Faubert gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Pablo Ibanez. Direct free kick taken by Pablo Ibanez.
Inswinging corner taken by Chris Burke, clearance by Papa Bouba Diop.
Chris Burke decides to take the corner short.
Centre by Chris Burke, Robert Green makes a save.
The ball is crossed by Daniel Potts.
Marlon King is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Robert Green takes the indirect free kick.
The ball is sent over by Chris Burke, clearance made by James Tomkins.
Foul by Carlton Cole on Steven Caldwell, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
Keith Fahey has an effort at goal from 30 yards. Robert Green makes a save.
Carlton Cole gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Murphy. Chris Burke crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Kevin Nolan.
Jean Beausejour has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.
Chris Burke takes a outswinging corner to the near post, James Tomkins manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by James Tomkins on Jean Beausejour. David Murphy produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Robert Green.
Jonathan Spector fouled by Kevin Nolan, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
A cross is delivered by Frederic Piquionne, Julien Faubert takes a shot. Blocked by David Murphy. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble, Steven Caldwell manages to make a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble from the right by-line, Boaz Myhill makes a save.
Papa Bouba Diop fouled by Chris Wood, the ref awards a free kick. Robert Green takes the free kick.
Frederic Piquionne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Pablo Ibanez. Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Jonathan Spector, save by Robert Green.
The ball is delivered by Daniel Potts.
Jean Beausejour gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Noble. Direct free kick taken by Robert Green.
Chris Burke takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by James Tomkins.
The ball is delivered by Julien Faubert, Pablo Ibanez gets a block in.
The referee blows for offside against Carlton Cole. Indirect free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
Mark Noble concedes a free kick for a foul on Jean Beausejour. Guirane N'Daw takes the free kick.
Frederic Piquionne challenges Jonathan Spector unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Keith Fahey.
Kevin Nolan challenges Jonathan Spector unfairly and gives away a free kick. Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Mark Noble, clearance by Pablo Ibanez.
Carlton Cole fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Birmingham 0-1 West Ham.The assist for the goal came from Frederic Piquionne.
Centre by Julien Faubert.
Headed effort from inside the area by Chris Burke misses to the left of the goal.
Duo suffer Blues
Birmingham will be without Curtis Davies and Jean Beausejour for the Boxing Day visit of West Ham.
Centre-back Davies was shown his fifth yellow card of the campaign in Monday's 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace and now serves an automatic one-match suspension, with Pablo Ibanez likely to step in.
Liam Ridgewell (thigh) could come back into the mix as he looks to make his comeback, although the defender is unlikely to be thrown straight back into Chris Hughton's starting XI after seven weeks on the sidelines.
Winger Beausejour, meanwhile, continues to struggle with a calf problem and will play no part against the Hammers, kick-off 5.30pm.
Hughton is likely to bring fresh faces into his line-up following the defeat at Selhurst Park, with the likes of Chris Wood, Wade Elliott, Nikola Zigic and Morgaro Gomis all competing, while the Blues boss will also consider reverting back to a 4-4-2 formation after switching to 4-5-1 against the Eagles.
Blues welcome Sam Allardyce's second-placed side to St Andrew's having yet to taste defeat on home soil this season while only conceding four times in nine games.
Sam Allardyce's injury-hit West Ham squad could be boosted with Julian Faubert and Abdoulaye Faye set to be involved.
Defender Faye suffered a thigh injury in the warm-up before last weekend's win over Barnsley while winger Faubert came off with a hamstring problem but both should recover in time.
The news will be welcomed by Allardyce who has a doubt over striker John Carew after he was also forced off against Barnsley with a back spasm.
The Hammers are also without defender Winston Reid (shoulder), wideman David Bentley (knee) and striker Sam Baldock (hamstring).
Jack Collison serves the second-match of his three-match ban for his sending off against Reading, while Guy Demel is likely to be sidelined after being stretchered off with a thigh injury in that game.
However, Henri Lansbury is fit after a knee injury, Joey O'Brien is back after his one-match ban and Gary O'Neil stepped up his recovery from an ankle injury by playing 80 minutes for the reserves.
Blues hit back to hold Hammers
West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold were denied the perfect post-Christmas present on their return to former club Birmingham.
The Hammers joint-chairmen were back at St Andrew's together for the first time since selling to Carson Yeung in November 2009 and subsequently taking charge at Upton Park the following January.
And they were celebrating after just four minutes as Carlton Cole capitalised on hesitancy from Pablo Ibanez to put the Hammers ahead, just as he had done in the Carling Cup semi-final second leg between the two sides at the start of 2011.
Birmingham launched a remarkable fightback to turn that tie around and, after an impressive albeit not quite repeat comeback, defender David Murphy headed home an 81st-minute leveller to grab a deserved 1-1 draw from what was a thoroughly entertaining npower Championship encounter.
Victory could easily have gone to either side but a point apiece was a fair reflection and extended City's unbeaten run on home soil while West Ham, boasting the best away record in the second tier, moved back into second place behind leaders Southampton.
Amid a blistering start to proceedings, both teams created early openings as Chris Burke sent a header off target before Hammers skipper Kevin Nolan narrowly failed to connect with Julien Faubert's low, teasing cross.
And the deadlock was soon broken out of nowhere as Cole nicked the ball of a hesitant Ibanez before racing clear and dispatching the perfect finish past Boaz Myhill.
It was proving to be a free-flowing, open encounter in front of the 20,214 present, both defences snuffing out half-chances at either end, although West Ham were enjoying the better of proceedings with Cole causing City all sorts of problems.
Faubert somehow missed a great headed chance to put the visitors 2-0 ahead midway through the half before Ibanez cleared Frederic Piquionne's nodded effort off the line from the resulting corner.
Murphy's goalbound free-kick forced Robert Green into action for the first time before Keith Fahey's volley tested the Hammers stopper during a sustained spell of pressure from the home side.
The visitors had gone quiet over the second quarter but Myhill was called into a great stop in first-half injury time to deny Cole's quickfire effort.
The second half started in the same fashion as the first as Burke curled an effort inches wide before Steven Caldwell and Joey O'Brien made last-ditch tackles at either end.
Blues boss Chris Hughton turned to Nikola Zigic in an attempt to change things around.
Caldwell saw a header cleared to safety from Burke's corner before Myhill was again called upon to to parry substitute Henri Lansbury's strike to safety.
Zigic looped a header on to the roof of the net from Murphy's cross and, after Fahey tested Green, the Serbian somehow missed a gilt-edged chance from close range after James Tomkins' sliced clearance.
But a leveller finally arrived nine minutes from time as Murphy converted Burke's corner to send the home crowd into raptures, with Marlon King missing a late chance to snatch all three points.
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